Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, December 19, 2016

First Reading
Isaiah 11:1-9
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Second Reading
Revelation 20:1-10
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years. When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, in order to gather them for battle; they are as numerous as the sands of the sea. They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from heaven and consumed them. And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Holy Gospel
John 5:30-47
"I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"

Morning Psalms
Psalm 61 Exaudi, Deus
1   Hear my cry, O God, and listen to my prayer.
2   I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
3   For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
4   I will dwell in your house for ever; I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
5   For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.
6   Add length of days to the king's life; let his years extend over many generations.
7   Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
8   So will I always sing the praise of your Name, and day by day I will fulfill my vows.

Psalm 62 Nonne Deo?
1   For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3   How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together, as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4   They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; lies are their chief delight.
5   They bless with their lips, but in their hearts they curse.
6   For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him.
7   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8   In God is my safety and my honor; God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9   Put your trust in him always, O people, pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10   Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11   On the scales they are lighter than a breath, all of them together.
12   Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13   God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, that power belongs to God.
14   Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Evening Psalms
Psalm 112 Beatus vir
1   Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord and have great delight in his commandments!
2   Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3   Wealth and riches will be in their house, and their righteousness will last for ever.
4   Light shines in the darkness for the upright; the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
5   It is good for them to be generous in lending and to manage their affairs with justice.
6   For they will never be shaken; the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
7   They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord.
8   Their heart is established and will not shrink, until they see their desire upon their enemies.
9   They have given freely to the poor, and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honor.
10   The wicked will see it and be angry; they will gnash their teeth and pine away; the desires of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 115 Non nobis, Domine
1   Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory; because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
2   Why should the heathen say, "Where then is their God?"
3   Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills to do he does.
4   Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
5   They have mouths, but they cannot speak; eyes have they, but they cannot see;
6   They have ears but they cannot hear; noses, but they cannot smell;
7   They have hands, but they cannot feel; feet, but they cannot walk; they make no sound with their throat.
8   Those who make them are like them, and so are all who put their trust in them.
9   O Israel, trust in the LORD; he is their help and their shield.
10   O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; he is their help and their shield.
11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; he is their help and their shield.
12   The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13   He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great together.
14   May the LORD increase you more and more, you and your children after you.
15   May you be blessed by the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth.
16   The heaven of heavens is the LORD'S, but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17   The dead do not praise the LORD, nor all those who go down into silence;
18   But we will bless the LORD, from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Just Another Night in Bethlehem"

Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! (Joel 2:21, NIV)

On the first Christmas Eve, there were no brightly colored lights on anyone's homes. There were no stockings that had been hung with care or any visions of sugarplums dancing in children's heads. It was just another night in Bethlehem. The census had gone out—that command by Caesar that everyone was to be taxed. But history was about to change in Bethlehem.

All of Israel was living in a very frightening time historically. They lived under the tyrant King Herod who would execute people at will. In addition, the Jews were living in occupied territory. The Romans had taken control of their country. They were no longer free to do what they wanted and live as they wanted. They wondered if Rome would ever leave. Would the violent rule ever cease? Would their world ever change?

Then suddenly angels appeared to the shepherds and told them not to be afraid; the Messiah had been born.

There is a lot to be afraid of in our unstable, volatile world today. It seems that at every turn, we hear about another horrific tragedy happening in our world. It can cause us to be terrified.

Then there are the personal fears: What if I lose my health? What if I lose a member of my family? What if this happens? What if that happens? A lot of things run through our minds.

Here is the message of the first Christmas—and the message for us this Christmas: Don't be afraid. . . . I bring you good tidings of great joy.

Ray Stedman wrote, "The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy."

Does that describe you? Fear is what Christmas came to remove—and now we can have joy in its place.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

Girlfriends in God - Giving the Perfect Christmas Gifts (Part 1)

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT).

Friend to Friend

The world would like us to believe that the success of Christmas depends upon how much we spend, how many presents we give, or how many presents we receive. Christmas is about giving, but price tags do not determine the success of our giving. Giving is not dependent on the condition of our checkbook. Giving is dependent on the condition of our heart. I am so glad! Like you, we have to plan carefully what we buy and how much we spend on each gift. As a result, we have discovered some creative ways to give gifts from the heart, meaningful gifts that cost very little.

A homemade gift
In 1 Corinthians 4:12 Paul teaches that we should “work hard with our own hands.” This principle can easily be applied to Christmas gifts. Giving a homemade gift represents time, thought, and is a part of you. When our children were small, one of our favorite Christmas traditions was to create and deliver a homemade hot chocolate mix in decorated mason jars to our neighbors. We placed the jars just to the left of each neighbor’s front door, rang their doorbell and ran like crazy! I am not certain who had the most fun … our neighbors or us. But every year, we were amazed by how much the neighbors enjoyed our homemade gift.

A possession gift
In Matthew 5:40 Jesus spoke about giving away the shirt and coat on our backs. Giving something we already own can be a wonderful Christmas gift if it is something of special value to us. In other words, it is not the idea of getting rid of junk, but of sharing our treasure. Do not ask the question, “What can I buy for Sally?” Ask the question, “What do I have that would mean a lot to Sally?” My husband is a pastor. During a message, Dan mentioned that he collects old Bibles. The next Christmas, one of our church members gave him a family Bible that had been passed down through several generations of family members. It was and still is one of Dan’s most precious possessions.

A gift of time
Time is a valuable gift, a precious commodity. The apostle Paul wrote, “Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV). When we give someone 30 minutes of our time, we are giving them 30 minutes of our life. While Dan was in seminary, we rarely had a spare minute or extra dollar between school, jobs and babies. A close friend who knew our schedule gave us a precious gift of time. “I have no money but wanted to give you a gift for Christmas,” he said, handing us a card. Inside was a coupon for free childcare one afternoon each week for the spring semester. That was over twenty-five years ago, and I still remember that wonderful gift of time.

A gift of prayer
The greatest gift we can give someone is the commitment to pray for them consistently. James writes, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results” (James 5:16, NLT). Following our traditional Christmas Eve service, an elderly lady approached Dan and said, “I don’t have anything to give you, Pastor. But I want you to know that I will pray for you, Mary, and the kids every morning this year at 6:00 a.m.” And she did! What a priceless gift! Every time she saw us, this sweet lady asked what we needed and how she should pray. Only Heaven knows all that God accomplished in our lives through the prayers of this godly woman.

A gift of encouragement
As the writer of Proverbs says, encouragement is a powerful gift. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25, NIV). We assume the people in our lives know how much they mean to us. They rarely do. This Christmas, write a letter to someone you love and appreciate, telling them how important they are to you. Be specific. A written note or letter requires time, careful thought and allows that person to read your words of encouragement again and again. One of my most prized possessions is a blue wooden box our son built and gave me one year for Christmas. In that box, I store notes, letters and cards of affirmation so on my “blue” days, I can pull out a dose of encouragement. One year, I wrote a letter of encouragement to my husband and to each child. The letters were placed in decorated envelopes, tied to branches of the Christmas tree and opened first on Christmas morning.

Tomorrow I will share five more gifts from the heart. I pray this holiday season will lead us once again to the manger, where we will worship the Christ child and experience a Christmas holiday filled with love, peace and joy.

Let’s Pray

Father, teach us to celebrate Your birth in the way we give to others. Lord, I don’t want to get caught up in buying gifts that make me feel good. I want to give gifts that honor God, encourage others, and point them to the real reason for this season – Jesus. Be glorified in every gift I give this year.
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Read and memorize Luke 6:38 that says, “If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you.”

What does this verse tell you about the importance of giving?

What does this verse say about the importance of the attitude behind the gift?

What does God promise to do in our lives when we give generously?

More from the Girlfriends

Do you dread the Christmas holidays? After a particular miserable holiday season, Mary Southerland went on a diligent search to find the secret of a joy-filled Christmas. In this message, The Secret of a Merry Christmas, you will learn how to prevent and control stress during the holidays and how to give God the gifts He wants to receive from you.

Be sure to check out the FREE MP3s on Mary’s website and connect with Mary through email or on Facebook.


“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Pastor Joseph Bondarenko sat on the sunny deck of the Russian river boat as it pulled out of Tyumen in Siberia and headed north up the river. The leaves on the trees were already changing colour in a blaze of autumn beauty. But this was no Love Boat. On board this old river scow were over one hundred and fifty other Christians joining this adventure. The passengers were there to assist in a one-month evangelism outreach in northern Siberian cities—places where the gospel had not been preached before.

As Joseph soaked in the beauty of the sun and God’s creation, he thought back on his early ministry years in the nineteen fifties and sixties. His aggressive evangelism in those days resulted in imprisonment three times. Yet there in those filthy prison cells, God was still present and his ministry continued. Joseph led so many to Christ in prison that they kicked him out each time. In total he lived nine years in a prison cell, isolated from his beloved wife, Mary.

He smiled to himself as he recalled that eventful day in 1989 when the KGB agent who had him imprisoned came to talk. The officer had been watching him for years and now articulated his desire to know Jesus too. Joseph’s spirit leaped with joy as he thought back on the day that KGB agent and his family were baptized. Nothing is impossible with God.

He relived the many crusades in recent years when Open Doors provided as many as twenty thousand Russian Scriptures for new believers who responded to the call of God on their life.

And now with a group of musicians, preachers and follow-up personnel his vision for evangelism was continuing to be fulfilled; one whole month stopping and preaching at twenty cities along the main rivers of Siberia. At the end of the month, Joseph’s “cruise-ade” had seen over 10,000 people pray the sinner’s prayer and commit their lives to the Lord! And even more exciting is the fact that Christian young people were left behind in sixteen communities to do follow-up training and establish new churches.

On the walls of a hall in Joseph’s church is the missionary journey history of this local body and the missionary vision maps. Joseph becomes very animated and excited as he traces the colour-coded missionary journeys for the past summers that young evangelists he is training had made into Siberia and onward toward the Far East. But more exciting for him are the dotted lines that lay out next summer’s trip plans. They reached right to the Pacific Ocean!

Like his Master, Joseph went through much suffering and deprivation in his life. But like his Master, nothing gives Joseph more joy than knowing the angels in heaven were rejoicing.

RESPONSE: Today I will recommit to share the good news of the gospel with everyone wherever I am.

PRAYER: Pray that the many Joseph Bondarenko’s of our world will continue to bear much fruit.

Un Dia a la Vez - Convertidos de verdad

Mis queridos hermanos, como han obedecido siempre [...] lleven a cabo su salvación con temor y temblor. Filipenses 2:12

Algo que ha enternecido mi corazón hacia Dios es conocer que Él siempre me buscó.

Que desde el vientre de mi mami ya sabía mi nombre y conocía mi destino.

Ahora, después de varios años de conocerle, puedo recordar que varias veces tocó a mi puerta como todo un caballero y a través de diversas situaciones me envió alertas de que mi vida corría peligro si no enderezaba mis caminos.

Hoy en día lamento no haberle abierto mi corazón desde antes. Con todo, lo que más me preocupa es que, conociendo su amor y su sacrificio, en varias oportunidades le he fallado y he caído una y otra vez.

Día tras día tomo conciencia de que la salvación no es un juego y que debo buscar siempre su rostro y vivir en integridad. Por eso Dios, que es amor, nos brinda la oportunidad de reorganizar nuestra vida y está dispuesto a levantarnos, fortalecernos y a darnos una vida diferente.

Pero todo dependerá de cada uno de nosotros.

Mi invitación para ti es a que tomes la decisión de abrir la puerta de tu corazón y aceptes el regalo de la salvación que te ofrece Dios.

Verse of the Day - December 20, 2016

Luke 2:1, 4-5 (NIV) [ The Birth of Jesus ] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

Read all of Luke 2

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Hidden in the Wrappings"

(Zechariah said) "that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us" (Luke 1:71, ESV).

Read Luke 1:71-75.

Scattered among my Christmas memories are some dark clouds. Several Christmases saw cancer and death stalking our family. One year it hovered over my wife's father; several years later it was my mother. That terrible enemy cast a shadow over everything, attempting to swallow up our joy, peace and light.

Of course, it doesn't take as formidable an enemy as death to suck the joy out of Christmas. The nagging problems of poor health, strained relationships, or financial struggles are more than enough. That's why I love the third stanza of "It Came upon the Midnight Clear."

"All you, beneath your heavy load, by care and guilt bent low
Who toil along a dreary way, with painful steps and slow:
Look up, for golden is the hour, come swiftly on the wing,
The Prince was born to bring you peace, of Him the angels sing."

Zechariah carried that same thought as he praised God for sending His Son to visit and redeem His people, "that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us."

The truth is we do have great and powerful enemies who are out to get us. Satan tempted our first parents to sin. That sin led to God's condemnation and resulted in death and hell. But God did not abandon us to their heartless hands. He sent His own all-powerful Son to rescue us.

Come back around for the Lenten devotions this coming spring. Then you will see Zechariah's prophecy unfold, as Jesus shows His great strength, against all of these bitter enemies.

THE PRAYER: Gracious Father, we are surrounded by powerful enemies who would destroy us, but You sent Your Son to win our salvation by His perfect life, innocent suffering and death and powerful resurrection. Keep us safe in this faith until His return. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).

Devociones de Adviento - De Belén para el mundo

 Miqueas 5:2-4

Tú, Belén Efrata, eres pequeña para estar entre las familias de Judá; pero de ti me saldrá el que será Señor en Israel. (Miq 5:2, RVC)

Una aldea pequeña destinada a ser famosa. Belén había sido cuna de la familia de Elimelec y Noemí, los suegros de Rut, la moabita que fuera recibida bajo las alas de Yahvé. No solo eso; había sido la cuna del gran rey David, el hijo de Isaí. Belén está situada a unos pocos kilómetros al sur de Jerusalén, en la denominada "ruta de los patriarcas". El nombre Belén (Bet Léjem) significa "casa de pan", dado que allí se cultiva trigo y cebada.

Una pequeña aldea, cuna de grandes reyes. Pero todavía faltaba el más grande de todos: el Salvador, Jesús. A partir de su llegada, el nombre Belén quedaría grabado en la historia con letras de oro. ¿Puede salir alguien tan grande de un lugar tan humilde? En principio, la lógica nos dice que no. Por esta razón fue que, cuando los magos de oriente buscaban al rey recién nacido, se dirigieron a Jerusalén, la capital, y no a esa pequeña aldea.

Dios sigue ofreciéndonos y dándonos grandes cosas a través de lugares, elementos y personas humildes. Con simples palabras Él nos anuncia la buena noticia del evangelio: el mensaje de perdón gratuito por causa de Cristo. A través de agua, unida a su palabra, nos lava y nos incorpora a su reino. A través de pan y vino, unidos a su palabra, nos alimenta para la eternidad.

No rechacemos lo que Dios nos ofrece en Belén por su apariencia. Alimentemos nuestra esperanza con el pan que el Padre amasa con amor en esa tierra: el pan de vida, Jesús.

Dios de gracia: te alabo por darme un Salvador tan grande, nacido en un lugar tan humilde. Que en humildad también, yo reciba sus dones de vida. Por Jesús. Amén.

© Copyright 2016 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones

Our Daily Bread - Spreading Joy

Read: John 16:16–24 | Bible in a Year: Micah 1–3; Revelation 11

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

When Janet went to teach English in a school overseas, she found the atmosphere gloomy and depressing. People did their jobs, but no one seemed happy. They didn't help or encourage one another. But Janet, grateful for all that God had done for her, expressed it in everything she did. She smiled. She was friendly. She went out of her way to help people. She hummed songs and hymns.

Little by little, as Janet shared her joy, the atmosphere at the school changed. One by one people began to smile and help each other. When a visiting administrator asked the principal why his school was so different, the principal, who was not a believer, responded, “Jesus brings joy.” Janet was filled to overflowing with the joy of the Lord and it spilled over to those around her.

The gospel of Luke tells us that God sent an angel to ordinary shepherds to deliver an extraordinary birth announcement. The angel made the surprising proclamation that the newborn baby “will cause great joy for all the people” (Luke 2:10), which indeed He did.

Since then this message has spread through the centuries to us, and now we are Christ's messengers of joy to the world. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we continue the practice of spreading the joy of Jesus as we follow His example and serve others.

How might you spread the joy of Jesus to others today?

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Take the joy of Christmas with you every day.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Esparcir gozo

Leer: Juan 16:16-24 | La Biblia en un año: Apocalipsis 11

… he aquí os doy nuevas de gran gozo, que será para todo el pueblo (Lucas 2:10).

Cuando Janet fue a enseñar inglés en una escuela en otro país, se encontró con un ambiente oscuro y deprimente. Todos hacían su trabajo, pero nadie parecía feliz. No se ayudaban ni alentaban unos a otros. Pero Janet, agradecida por todo lo que Dios había hecho por ella, lo demostraba en todo lo que hacía: sonreía, era amigable, ayudaba a los demás, y tarareaba himnos y coros.

Poco a poco, la atmósfera de la escuela cambió. Uno tras otro, todos empezaron a sonreír y a ayudarse. Durante una visita, el supervisor preguntó por qué había cambiado la escuela, y el director, aunque no era creyente, respondió: «Jesús trae gozo». Janet rebosaba de gozo del Señor y lo esparcía a quienes la rodeaban.

El Evangelio de Lucas relata que Dios envió a un ángel para anunciarles a unos pastores un nacimiento extraordinario. Su sorprendente declaración fue que el niño recién nacido traería «gran gozo […] para todo el pueblo» (Lucas 2:10). Y así fue.

Este mensaje se ha difundido a través de los siglos, y ahora, nosotros somos los mensajeros de gozo que Cristo ha enviado al mundo. Por el Espíritu Santo que mora en nosotros, seguimos esparciendo el gozo del Señor, siguiendo su ejemplo y sirviendo a otros.

Señor, ayúdame a esparcir hoy el gozo de Jesús entre quienes me rodean.

Lleva contigo todos los días el gozo de la Navidad.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Freude verbreiten

Lesen: Johannes 16,16-24 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Micha 1–3; Offenbarung 11

Und der Engel sprach zu ihnen: Fürchtet euch nicht! Siehe, ich verkündige euch große Freude, die allem Volk widerfahren wird. (Lukas 2,10)

Als Janet nach Übersee ging, um in einer Schule Englisch zu unterrichten, merkte sie bald, dass die Atmosphäre  dort düster und deprimierend war. Die Leute taten ihren Job, aber keiner schien glücklich. Keiner half dem anderen oder machte ihm Mut. Janet hingegen war dankbar für alles, was Gott für sie getan hat. Sie brachte das auch in allem, was sie tat, zum Ausdruck. Sie lächelte. Sie war freundlich und hilfsbereit. Sie sang oder summte vor sich hin.

Und ganz allmählich änderte sich die Atmosphäre in der Schule. Einzelne fingen an zu lächeln und einander zu helfen. Als ein Behördenvertreter den Direktor fragte, wieso seine Schule so anders sei, erwiderte der, der kein Christ war: „Jesus bringt Freude.“ Janet war erfüllt von der Freude des Herrn und diese Freude floss über zu den Menschen ihrer Umgebung.

Das Lukasevangelium berichtet, wie Gott einen Engel zu einfachen Hirten schickte, um ihnen eine besondere Geburt anzukündigen. Er überbrachte die erstaunliche Nachricht, das neugeborene Baby bringe „große Freude, die allem Volk widerfahren wird“ (Luk. 2,10).

Seitdem hat sich die Botschaft immer weiter verbreitet und heute sind wir die Botschafter Christi, die Freude in die Welt bringen. Durch den Heiligen Geist, der in uns wohnt, tragen wir die Freude Jesu weiter, indem wir seinem Beispiel folgen und anderen dienen.

Wie könntest du heute die Freude Jesu weiterverbreiten?

Nimm jeden Tag die Weihnachtsfreude mit.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Распространяйте радость

Читать сейчас: Иоанна 16:16-24 | Библия за год: Михей 1-3; Откровение 11

И сказал им ангел: «Не бойтесь. Я возвещаю вам великую радость, которая будет всем людям». — Луки 2:10

Джанет на время пригласили в другую страну преподавать английский язык. Приехав туда, она обнаружила, что атмосфера в школе напряженная и гнетущая. Люди делали свою работу, но совершенно без радости, не помогая и не поддерживая друг друга. Но Джанет, благодарная Богу за все, что Он для нее сделал, выражала свою радость во всех поступках. Она улыбалась. Была дружелюбной. Откладывала свои дела, чтобы помочь другим. Напевала песни и христианские гимны.

Понемногу атмосфера в школе начала меняться. Один за другим люди начинали улыбаться и помогать друг другу. Когда проверяющий инспектор поинтересовался у директора, почему их школа так не похожа на другие, тот, не будучи верующим, ответил: «Это Иисус принес сюда радость». Джанет была переполнена духовной радостью и делилась ею с окружающими.

В Евангелии от Луки рассказывается, как Бог послал ангела к обычным пастухам, чтобы сообщить удивительную новость о рождении Спасителя. Ангел возвестил, что принес «великую радость, которая будет всем людям» (Лк. 2:10), и это было, несомненно, так.

Эта весть прошла сквозь века и достигла нас. Теперь мы – Христовы посланники в мире. Благодаря обитающему в нас Святому Духу, мы распространяем радость Иисуса Христа, следуя Его примеру и служа другим.

У вас была возможность поделиться с другими радостью во Христе?

Каждый день носите в себе радость Рождества.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Répandre la joie

Lisez : Jean 16.16‑24 | La Bible en un an : Michée 1 – 3 et Apocalypse 11

Mais l’ange leur dit : Ne craignez point ; car je vous annonce une bonne nouvelle, qui sera pour tout le peuple le sujet d’une grande joie. (Luc 2.10)

Lorsque Janet est allée enseigner l’anglais dans une école outre‑mer, elle y a trouvé l’atmosphère sombre et déprimante. Les gens faisaient leur travail, mais personne ne semblait heureux. Ils ne s’entraidaient ni ne s’encourageaient. Reconnaissante de tout ce que Dieu avait fait pour elle, Janet exprimait sa gratitude dans tout ce qu’elle accomplissait. Elle souriait. Elle était amicale. Elle se démenait pour venir en aide aux gens. Elle fredonnait des chansons et des cantiques.

Petit à petit, à mesure que Janet répandait sa joie, l’atmosphère de l’école a changé. Un à un, les gens se sont mis à sourire et à s’entraider. Lorsqu’un administrateur est venu en visite et a demandé au directeur pourquoi l’école était si différente, celui‑ci, un noncroyant, lui a répondu : « Jésus apporte la joie. » La joie du Seigneur chez Janet rejaillissait sur son entourage.

L’Évangile selon Luc nous dit que Dieu a envoyé un ange vers des bergers ordinaires pour leur confier l’annonce d’une naissance extraordinaire. L’ange a alors fait une proclamation étonnante selon laquelle le bébé à naître « [serait] pour tout le peuple le sujet d’une grande joie » (LU 2.10), ce qui a d’ailleurs été le cas.

Depuis, ce message a traversé les siècles pour se répandre jusqu’à nous, si bien que nous sommes maintenant pour Christ les messagers de sa joie. Par la présence du Saint‑Esprit en nous, nous continuons de répandre la joie de Jésus en suivant son exemple au service d’autrui.

Emportez la joie de Noël partout chaque jour.

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